Born in Adama, Ethiopia, Atti Worku ’14 is a former model working to create progressive education and community development centers within urban communities in Africa. She studied Sustainable Development while attending GS and her main areas of focus were Education, Social Movements, and Urban Development. Her time at Columbia gave her a better understanding of how development occurs, how it’s hindered, and how it could be used to alleviate poverty.
In 2005 Atti founded Seeds of Africa, a nonprofit dedicated to educate, motivate and cultivate underprivileged children and young adults in Adama, Ethiopia. Her vision is to create a self-sustaining model for education and community development that can eventually be replicated in other African communities.
Seeds of Africa champions two major programs. First, Seeding Education offers quality education to Adamian school children in addition to school meals, uniforms, school supplies and medical support. Second, Seeds immerses itself in the needs of the Adama community through Sowing Community. Seeds works with families to increase their household income and improve their quality of life through adult literacy classes, health education services and access to financial credit.
Seeds of Africa is launching its Dream School Campaign in support of the new school construction project in Adama, Ethiopia. The Dream School will be an Ethiopian academy that meets the highest international standards, which will prepare students to succeed in high school, college, and beyond. It will house Seeding Education and Sowing Community programs for 600 students between Pre-K and 12th grade.
The kick-off event took place in Dallas and additional events will be hosted in New York City, Chicago, Paris, and London, with the ground-breaking celebration scheduled for September 2015 in Addis Ababa and Adama, Ethiopia. The New Yorkers for Seeds event will be December 8th, 2014 (7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.) at The Schomburg Center. More information about this event can be found here.
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